Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Literature / Cloudstreet

Go To



* BadDreams: Quick has nightmares about Fish's drowning for many years afterwards.


* MagicalNegro: One Indigenous guy in the whole story. Check. Strongly implied to be magical in some way. Check. Spends twenty years performing miracles and bringing the two main (white) families together? Check, check, check.

to:

* MagicalNegro: One There is one Indigenous black guy in the whole story. Check. Strongly story who is strongly implied to be magical in some way. Check. Spends He spends twenty years performing miracles and bringing the two main (white) families together? Check, check, check.together.

Added DiffLines:

* DontYouDarePityMe!: Rose, mostly. For instance, after one particularly drunken episode on Dolly's part, Oriel takes it upon herself to go and clean the Pickles side of the house. When Rose comes home to see it, "her eyes fatten up with tears, fury, shame". She then slams her door and starts destroying her room.


Added DiffLines:

-> Oriel: "'Do I lie?'
->[Quick:] 'No.'
->'Do I cheat?'
->'No.'
->'Steal?'
->'No.'
->'Fornicate?'
->'Well, I'll have to check on that with the neighbours. I reckon the tent's a dubious sign.'"


* UnwantedRevival: Fish is ''not'' happy about being brought back from the edge of death, and spends the rest of his life trying to get back to the water.

to:

* UnwantedRevival: Fish is ''not'' happy about being brought back from the edge of death, and spends the rest of his life trying to get back to the water.water.
----

Added DiffLines:

* BadDreams: Quick has nightmares about Fish's drowning for many years afterwards.


Added DiffLines:

* ButLiquorIsQuicker: The first time Rose Pickles and Quick Lamb hook up, they are both drunk.


Added DiffLines:

* CatchPhrase: "The knife never lies!"
* DadTheVeteran: Lester Lamb was in the army during WWI... as the cook.
* EarthyBarefootCharacter: The mysterious Aboriginal guy who keeps showing up is often barefoot.
* GuiltComplex: Quick Lamb coats his bedroom wall in "misery pictures".


Added DiffLines:

* MagicalNegro: One Indigenous guy in the whole story. Check. Strongly implied to be magical in some way. Check. Spends twenty years performing miracles and bringing the two main (white) families together? Check, check, check.
* MustMakeAmends: Quick.
* MyGreatestFailure: Fish's drowning, for various characters.
* ParentalFavoritism: Explicitly stated. Ted is Dolly's favourite son, and Fish was Oriel's before he half-drowned.


Added DiffLines:

* SexlessMarriage: In contrast, Oriel Lamb spends most of the book sleeping by herself in a tent in the backyard. This is lampshaded by Quick.
* SimpletonVoice

Added DiffLines:

Cloudstreet is a historical novel with elements of MagicalRealism by Australian author TimWinton. It follows the lives of two families, the Lambs and the Pickles, throughout a twenty-year span from 1943 to 1963.

----
!! Cloudstreet provides examples of:
* BornUnlucky: Sam Pickles spends a good thirty years wasting money at the races, and consistently loses it all.
* CameBackWrong
* LadyDrunk: Dolly Pickles is renowned for the time she spends down the pub.
* ReallyGetsAround: ...''also'' Dolly Pickles. Sam puts up with it.
* UnwantedRevival: Fish is ''not'' happy about being brought back from the edge of death, and spends the rest of his life trying to get back to the water.

Showing 7 edit(s) of 7

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report